A Multilevel Intervention With African American Churches to Enhance Adoption of Point-of-Care HIV and Diabetes Testing, 2014-2018

Am J Public Health. 2019 Feb;109(S2):S141-S144. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.304990.


We describe a multilevel intervention to enhance adoption of point-of-care HIV and diabetes testing at church health fairs in Atlanta, Georgia. Church leaders viewed a leadership video and subsequently conducted social activities that support testing. After the multilevel intervention, a third of churches hosted HIV and diabetes health fairs, and church leaders engaged in more social activities. Of 193 attendees receiving health services, 56.6% received HIV testing and 92.7% received diabetes testing. This implementation science approach could reduce HIV and diabetes disparities among African Americans.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • African Americans*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / diagnosis*
  • Georgia
  • HIV Infections / diagnosis*
  • Health Fairs / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Multiphasic Screening / organization & administration*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Point-of-Care Systems / organization & administration*
  • Religion